The ruling AIADMK, ahead of the next Assembly polls, has planned to micromanage the party units and had also instructed the party district secretaries to poach AMMK functionaries. The ruling party is now targeting former MLA’s who owe allegiance to rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran insisting them to return to the parent organisation.
Similarly, a few members of the AMMK Amma Peravai and newly elected councillors in rural local bodies of Thoothukudi district also joined the parent AIADMK in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day, the ruling AIADMK on Tuesday continued the party district secretaries meeting at party headquarters and the recent poll debacle was analysed by senior party leaders Palaniswami and Panneerselvam. Party seniors from Sivaganga, Tiruvannamalai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and The Nilgiris took part in the meeting.
According to AIADMK sources, the party had formulated a schedule for all the 56 district units of the party. Key functionaries of the party heading various party wings in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur have been invited on Saturday to discuss the mayor and municipal elections, which is likely by the end of April, party sources said.
“The party has realised that it should have more councillors and ward panchayat members before the next Assembly polls scheduled in 2021 and for this, the back to back meetings have been scheduled. Both CM Palaniswami and party convenor Panneerselvam are having direct conversations with the party workers to strengthen the party that has weakened after the demise of charismatic leader J Jayalalithaa,” said a former MLA who attended the meeting on Tuesday.